Every man’s fantasy
Oh what a bloke would have given for a week with Marilyn Monroe back in the day – easily his left leg, possibly his wife and probably even both. Back in 1956 in Britain, it was aspiring young filmmaker Colin Clark ( Eddie Redmayne) who got caught up in the whirlwind life of the screen icon. She had gone there on her honeymoon and to shoot a film with stage legend Laurence Olivier ( Kenneth Branagh). But Olivier is rarely happy with the diva, who befriends the young Clark. When her husband jets off, the pair’s relationship deepens and her duality is exposed. The complex Monroe – who famously battled to balance her life in and out of the spotlight – is wonderfully depicted by Michelle Williams. While it’s mostly an undemanding bio- drama, given that it’s based on Clark’s own memoirs, the tale certainly holds some intrigue. Extras: Just the director’s commentary on the DVD, but the Blu- ray release also has a featurette on the untold story of the American blonde bombshell.